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Indian-American Actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani Stars in One-Woman Off-Broadway Show ‘They Call me Q’

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Written and performed by Qurrat Ann Kadwani, “They Call Me Q” is the true epitome of a one-woman show! In June, Kadwani made headlines in the theater world when she became the first South Asian woman to ever have a solo Off-Broadway show. The play tells a story of a young girl growing up in Bronx, New York, with traditional Indian parents, eager to fit in with her culturally diverse peers. Read More »

From the Campaign ‘Dark is Beautiful': Model Natasha Sharma Sheds Color Bias for Dark-Skinned Women

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For a long time, I was under the impression that a “fair and lovely” complexion was only desired by South Asians. My research and life experiences have opened my eyes to the fact that many communities around the world are impacted by this issue. This is the very reason I was so thrilled when I came across the Dark is Beautiful Facebook page last year. It is extremely refreshing to see a campaign which celebrates the beauty of all skin tones. Read More »

An Open Letter Regarding Commercialization vs. Celebration of Diwali

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Today is Diwali and for the most part it has remained unscathed from commercialization here in the USA (though I understand from cousins back home in India that that’s not the case there). Should we be happy that our culture isn’t mainstream enough to be subjected to all the trappings of hoopla surrounding other holidays? Read More »

Patti Tripathi’s Story Behind ‘Saris To Suits’

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I was born near the Nepalese border in India, delivered by a midwife at my maternal grandmother's village home and carefully named Pratibha, which in Hindi means "Talent." My father, who began his education in a roofless school, became a Commonwealth Senior Academic Staff Fellow and was invited to the UK as a visiting professor. Two years later, with three suitcases and three children my young parents came to the U.S., settling in Indiana, when I was twelve and not well versed in the English language. Read More »

Finding Harmony in Being A Bicultural American-Indian

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“Where are you from?” That is one of the most common questions I get asked when meeting someone for the first time in college. Read More »

9 Things You Didn’t Know about Rahul Saharan’s Acid Attack Photo Shoot

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Rahul Saharan, a professional photographer based in New Delhi, India, broke global ground with a moving and inspiring photo shoot, featuring five young acid attack survivors, named Rupa, Laxmi, Ritu, Sonam and Chanchal. Here are nine facts from behind the scenes of this revolutionary photo shoot. Read More »

Comedian Hari Kondabolu Brings The Funny To NYU

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Skidmore College described comedian Hari Kondabolu’s performance in 2011 using the above tagline. His fan base and reputation has grown beyond stereotypes since then, as evidenced by the packed house last Thursday night at Kondabolu’s kickoff event as NYU’s 2014-2015 Artist in Residence. Read More »

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How to Conduct a Self-Breast Exam

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Breast Cancer Awareness is not just for the month of October. Conducting a monthly breast-self exam is a crucial part of good breast health. Like with any other parts of your body, you want to do a monthly BSE to look and feel for changes in your breasts. This means knowing your breasts, being aware of their changes or anything unusual. Read More »

Mrs. India International 2014: Journey From Doctor To Pageantry Winner

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Arthy Saravanan was born in Kanyakumari, a small village in the southern tip of India. She did her primary schooling in Muscat, Oman and subsequently moved to Toronto, Canada to pursue further studies. Read More »

The Blood Queen Saga Begins With An Invocation

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The Blood Queen is an upcoming three-part graphic novel series. Blood Queen is introduced vaguely as a supernatural heroine in an online teaser. The teaser is full of suspense and leaves fans excited for more! Read More »

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